Circular Arts Network (CAN) Launches at CreateSpace, University of Dundee

In a world where sustainability is increasingly crucial, integrating circular practices into various domains is paramount. CreateSpace, a sustainability hub nestled within the University of Dundee’s Learning and Resources Centre, has taken a significant step towards fostering sustainability within the realm of arts and crafts. We are proud to announce the launch of the Circular Arts Network (CAN) Mini Depot, housed within the innovative confines of CreateSpace.

What is CAN?

CAN isn’t just an acronym; it symbolises our commitment to circularity within the arts. The Circular Arts Network aims to revolutionise how we approach art creation, consumption, and disposal by promoting principles of reusability, recycling, and regeneration. It’s a community-driven initiative that seeks to inspire creativity while minimising environmental impact

Mini Depot

The decision to establish the CAN Mini Depot within CreateSpace was a natural progression of our dedication to sustainability. CreateSpace, known for its dynamic and collaborative environment, serves as the perfect incubator for innovative ideas like CAN. With its amazing facilities and welcoming community, CreateSpace offers an ideal setting for individuals, whether they are students, artists, creators, or simply interested in trying new crafts, to explore new avenues of expression while placing a strong emphasis on sustainability.

Embracing Responsible Usage

As we embark on this journey towards sustainable art practices, it’s essential to uphold the values of respect and responsibility. Here’s how we can ensure the CAN Mini Depot remains a space for everyone to enjoy:

  • Respect the Space: Treat the mini depot with care and respect. Keep it clean and organised at all times.
  • Use Resources Responsibly: Utilise the supplies responsibly. Please take only what you need for your immediate use and avoid hoarding supplies.
  • Promote Mindful Consumption: Be mindful of the environment and avoid unnecessary wastage of supplies.
  • Respect Others’ Needs: Be considerate of other students’ needs and prioritise sharing resources equitably.
  • Follow Staff Instructions: Adhere to any additional instructions provided by CreateSpace staff.
  • Adhere to the Return Policy: Promptly return any unused or extra items to their designated shelves for others to use.
  • Maintain Cleanliness: Refrain from consuming food or drinks while handling items in the mini depot to maintain cleanliness.
  • Handle Equipment Safely: Handle tools and equipment with care to prevent accidents and damage.
  • Support the Donation Policy: If you have extra craft supplies or items that you no longer need, consider bringing them to one of CreateSpace’s Craft Swap events or donate them to the mini depot for others to use.

Join the Circular Arts Movement

Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just dipping your toes into the world of creativity, CAN Mini Depot welcomes you to join the circular arts movement. Together, we can redefine the way we approach art, leaving behind a positive impact on our planet.

User Responsibility for Neatness and Accessibility

It is the responsibility of every user to ensure that the CAN Mini Depot remains neat and tidy after each use. Please remember to return items to their respective bins and maintain the organisation of the space. If you encounter any difficulties accessing supplies or have questions about usage, feel free to drop in during CreateSpace staff hours or email us at

Thank You

The launch of CAN Mini Depot at CreateSpace marks a significant milestone in our journey towards integrating sustainability into the makerspace community. We invite students, faculty, and the wider University of Dundee community to embrace this initiative and explore the endless possibilities of circular crafting. Let’s create not just for today, but for a brighter, more sustainable tomorrow.

Thank you for your cooperation in maintaining a pleasant and functional CAN Mini Depot environment for the UoD community.